About Us

Spy Academy is an event run by Cotswold Education - a family-run business of experienced educators, based in Gloucestershire and established in 2011. We provide high quality education events and courses to support children and their parents at a range of levels, particularly specialising in grammar school entrance.

We have personal experience of the whole primary and secondary education system in Gloucestershire, including grammar school applications and school appeals.

We facilitate a learning community for children, parents and educators to encourage effective and long lasting engagement.

We are very proud of the personal, friendly service we provide - so please contact us for a chat today if you need help with your child's education.

Our People

Dr Ian Todd

Ian Todd BSc (Hons), PGCert HE, PhD has worked in the education and research sector all his life. He is the founder of Cotswold Education and is a retired academic. He was Head of Biology at Bath Spa University for 14 years and previously Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. He has extensive research experience at Oxford University and Cambridge University having obtained a PhD and BSc (Hons) from Cardiff University. Ian has also personally tutored for many years and his media appearances include BBC1 One Show and BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Liz Fortson

Liz Fortson BEd (Hons) has also been a life-long educator.  She taught in the primary sector for ten years; becoming a departmental Head of English and Primary Lead teacher.

Upon marrying, Liz moved to America where she taught in Gifted and Talented programme classrooms and Special Needs.  Since returning to the UK she has tutored many children for the 11+ Exam in Gloucestershire over the past nine years.